The future of reading is already here. For years, online writing communities have hosted and curated some of our most innovative fiction writers.
It’s time that we recognize the authors flourishing in these online communities. To help guide readers through this new world, eBookNewser has launched the Digital Writer Spotlight. We’ve rounded up hand-picked recommendations from writing communities around the web–giving our readers an introduction into the world of socially networked fiction.
We will collect all the featured writers on this page, building a directory of the Best Online Fiction Writers. This constantly updated list will be your guide to the crowded, but inspiring, world of socially networked writing communities. If you want to nominate a writing community, email eBookNewser with your recommendation.
Jewel Adams: “I’m a full time wife and mother of eight, and a published author … I write multiple genres – contemporary romance, romantic fantasy, young adult, and books for children.”
Marc Aucoin: “a 31-year-old writer from Vancouver, BC, Canada. What do I write? Poetry, short stories, children’s books, and I now have first drafts finished for two novels.”
Danae Ayusso: “I’m a new author that started in January of 2009 and has written over a million words since starting.”
Greg Bennett: “The tools that a mathematician creates to look at the world around themselves can be applied to writing too. You don’t have to believe me, but it’s true.”
Candace Bowser: “a freelance fiction writer specializing in the genres of horror, supsense, and intrigue, and also does freelance submissions as a newspaper columnist.”
Philip Chandler: “The Barefoot Beekeeper is an appeal to all beekeepers to re-think the way they practise their craft, and to look again at the way bees have been treated for the last 150 years”
Vicky C. L.: Absolute Contamination tells the story of Keara Haynes and her two brothers trying to survive in a post-apocalyptic world.
Kevin Davison: “writes online articles about publishing, self-publishing, and even interviews fellow authors. He has published three eBooks through offthebookshelf.com. His chosen genre is science fiction and fantasy adventure books.”
Pia Ehrhardt: “I’m a fiction writer, a contributing editor to Narrative Magazine, and a court watcher down at Tulane and Broad.”
Rachel Farrell: “I write prose that usually turns out to be comedy, and poetry that goes in all kinds of directions… heavily focused on rhythm and sound, and often humorous.”
Abigail Gibbs: “I’m a fifteen year old blonde-vegetarian-emo-music-junkie with a posh English accent who loves to write.”
J. Anthony Graves: Novelist and retired hip hop artist.
Tricia Heighway: “[She] gave up a long and successful nursing career in July 2008 following a neck injury which left her with permanent nerve damage in her right hand. She decided to try and be a full time writer instead.
Diana Ilinca: 23-year-old fantasy novelist discovered a vibrant online writing community, building hundreds of online fans before her book deal
Emily Kane: earned 153 “wows” 289 “hearts,” and 145 comments for her dystopian novel.
Scott Kelly: “Writing is my entire purpose in life and the only measure by which I judge my self-worth. I have a B.A. in literature and love to critique artist’s work.”
Abi Kirk: “I am an archaeologist studying Bronze Age Mediterranean cultures. I love creative writing in fantasy, sci-fi and mythology.”
Rachel Kramer: “Inspired by Edgar Allan Poe, she launched a short story about a high school student with ‘prophetic nightmares’ on a community writing site.”
Veronica Massey: “I am an author from South Carolina. I love my daughters, my family, Twilight, and all things supernatural.”
Heather McGhee: “Full time mom to a 13-yr-old & 5-yr-old. Part time preschool teacher. Free time writer. Addicted to DrPepper, coffee, french fries, my husband, & my Nook.”
Richard Melo: “the author of Jokerman 8, a novel of eco-rads, published by Soft Skull Press. I’m also a book reviewer, with more than 100 reviews appearing in Publishers Weekly, The Oregonian, Willamette Week, and The Believer. The National Book Critics Circle counts me as a member.”
Theresa M. Moore: “[She] has over 30 years of experience as a writer and in the print advertising and publishing business as well as a fantasy artist. Her work reflects a love for imaginative and speculative fiction, ever with the mission to educate as well as entertain.”
Lori Pescatore: “A preschool teacher by day, a mom for dinners and then late night writer. I began writing back in elementary school doing fan fiction long before the Internet.
Meg Pokrass: “I’m a San Francisco writer. My debut collection of flash fiction, ‘Damn Sure Right’ will be published by Press 53 in Feb. 2011. I run the Fictionaut Five interview series on the Fictionaut blog, asking interview questions of Fictionaut authors.”
Kimberly Reeves: “I decided to stop dreaming of completing a novel and actually do it. I am now working on novel number 40 and am holding fast to the dream that someday one of them will find its way onto a bookstore shelf and into the hands of someone who will love reading the story as much as I loved writing it.”
James Robison: “I like short stories. Novels. Screenplays. Very good poems. Why do [I] write? To quote Donald Barthelme: ‘It is the most interesting and difficult thing one can do.'”
Ransom Stephens: “Writing novels continues to be a weird business. Success means making people cry and preventing them from sleeping and, if you throw in a few laughs, people seem to really enjoy The God Patent … it’s been praised by both evangelical Christians and ardent atheists, and my favorite was the man who wished me the ultimate boon: that the Raiders will win a game.”
Dan Wald: “Wald has spent over 25 years in the marketing world in New York City. He claims that writing Ad Asylum was actually a pitch for a feminine care product gone bad.”
Jamie Wyman: Stay-at-home mother, fire artist, drummer, circus enthusiast, and weird fiction writer.